“On the way here my mom — I was on the phone with her — told me to tell you she loves you,” Johnson said. “She really meant it.”
Letterman didn’t seem surprised, and said, “I really loved your mom.”
“She brought you handcuffs one time,” Johnson added. “So are you my dad?”
Before jokingly pressing Letterman for details about his relationship with her mother, Johnson walked the comedian through the highly publicized casting process, which made headlines when original Christian Grey actor Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”) backed out and Jamie Dornan replaced him.
“That was a confusing moment,” Johnson said. “I think it was his schedule that conflicted.”
“The guy’s schedule prevents him from being in a movie that makes a quarter of a billion dollars?” Letterman asked. “You tell me later what happened.”